Blue Winged Goose (draw a bird day)

wings open
to reveal blue sky
mirrored lake

The blue winged goose, native to Ethiopia, looks greyish brown when its wings are folded, but in flight the reason for its name becomes evident. They live in wetlands with adjacent grasslands and are largely herbivorous, serving an important role in the ecosystem by keeping aquatic plants in check. They are considered endangered, due to loss of habitat and poaching for Chinese consumers, although no one is sure of their exact population numbers.

I could find out little else about them. Every piece written about them claimed this is because they are largely nocturnal, but I found plenty of photos of them online, obviously taken during the day. Their coloring is lovely. Perhaps they just haven’t been well-studied because they have a limited range.

I’ve written my poem for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday where the first Tuesday of the month we include color in our verse.

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31 responses to “Blue Winged Goose (draw a bird day)”

  1. Prior... says :

    I love the drawings and you really showed the different looks this bird can have – and blue is not an everyday color in our avian friends so it must be even ore striking to see the open wings!

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  2. msjadeli says :

    Beautiful artwork of a beautiful bird, Kerfe. You also reminded me that I have a bird to share for draw a bird day!

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  3. robertawrites235681907 says :

    HI Kerfe, your drawing really is wonderful, I also love birds and enjoy these pictures very much. A lovely poem too.

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  4. Mark S says :

    Wonderful drawing and poem!

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Nice drawings, Marta and lovely information of these birds.

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  6. Ingrid says :

    I love how you’ve captured those very special blues, Kerfe.

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  7. D. Avery @shiftnshake says :

    The poem is picture perfect for this rare bird!


  8. Colleen M. Chesebro says :

    Kerfe, the colors are lovely in your drawing. I like the reflections in the water, as well. Love birds. 🐦

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  9. D.L. Finn, Author says :

    Beautiful artwork and poem. I hope their are more of these birds than thought

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  10. TheHiddenEdge says :

    I don’t know this bird, Kerfe, but your haiku reminded me of the magpies that scavenge in my garden. They are quite beautiful.

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  11. quidm says :

    The three images are good, but the 2nd one is very special!

    Thanks for sharing!


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  12. Bela Johnson says :

    Nice water drawing of the bird. 🤗

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  13. judeitakali says :

    beautiful bird. nice info and awareness.

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